Being an INNERpreneur sometimes means conceiving, driving and managing a project, from the ground up. Leadership Skills and Communication Skills are required. I discovered them and their charity from a relaxing evening read of a monthly newspaper.
They met, for the first time in 2009, while on a flight to Kipgrengwe Primary School, Kericho, Kenya, with the central Alberta-based international development organization, A-Better-World Canada.
For more about their May 2013 Kenya trip, you can listen to our interview above.
While there for 4 weeks doing humanitarian work on projects, such as painting an orphanage and playing with children, they had an “ah-ha” moment. Hearing stories of many children walking up to 20 kilometers to school, even back home for lunch, they thought if each had a mountain bike, it would save them time for school and prevent some from dropping out, which does happen.
Having access to their very own bike would improve their quality of life, as their family could use it also. When they arrived back in Alberta, they got to work.
This interview highlights their return trip in May 2013 to personally deliver the first 205 bikes, complete with assembly, training and eventually handing over to the students.
Melissa and Kelly are running their charity to raise $50,000 for the purchase of approximately 585 specially designed and built, AfriKid bicycles. These bicycles are specially designed by Kona Mountain Bicycle Company.
Kona is donating 1 bike for every 2 purchased from donations. Kona will also pay for 1/2 the shipping costs when all will need to be shipped to Kenya in late 2012.
Consider donating ( I did ) by visiting their website – Africa Bike Project
And if you are interested in road bikes in general, what will save you time is Bikemunk – What Are The Top Cycling Brands
For more detail on INNERpreneurship, you can read my article on Ezinearticles – INNERpreneurship – The Rise of Self Destiny
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